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Policy Briefs

  • WHO recommends assistance for people with HIV to notify their partners; 2016The sexual partners and drug injecting partners of people diagnosed with HIV infection have an increased probability of also being HIV-positive. Assisted HIV partner notification services are a simple and effective way to reach these partners, many of whom are undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV exposure, and may welcome support and an opportunity to test for HIV.

  • WHO recommends HIV self-testing; 2016HIV self-testing (HIVST) is an empowering and innovative way to reach more people with HIV and help achieve the first of the United Nation’s 90–90–90 targets – for 90% of all people with HIV to know their status by 2020.

  • WHO recommendations to assure HIV testing quality; 2015New Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services from WHO recommend standardized HIV testing strategies to correctly diagnose HIV infection.

  • WHO recommends HIV testing by lay providers; 2015New Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services from the WHO recommend that lay providers who are trained can, using rapid diagnostic tests, independently conduct safe and effective HIV testing services.